Video: IP For Media Webcast Part II

Following on from last week’s post part II is here. Wes Simpson looks at use of IP in Remote Production/Remote Integration (REMI) and finished with a panel discussion including Newtek and Grass Valley, a Belden brand.

This video talks about:

  • Why Broadcasters need networking?
  • Typical Live remote sports broadcast roles
  • Overview of video & audio Signal types
  • HDR & Wide Colour Gamut (WCG)
  • Data (metadata, scripts etc)
  • REMI – Remote Integration, AKA ‘Remote Production’ in Europe.
  • Overview of what tasks can be done at base, what still needs to be done ‘on-site’
  • Uncompressed formats summary (SDI, 2022-6, 2110)
  • Slice-based compression
  • Mezzanine compression
  • TR-01 for carrying JPEG 2000 & audio
  • Bonded Cellular
  • Packetloss & FEC (Forward Error Correction)
  • 2022-7 – route diversity
  • Typical delays
  • Plus a panel discussion

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Wes Simpson Wes Simpson
Telecom Product Consulting
Tom Butts Tom Butts
Content Director,
TV Technology

Webinar: Neuron – IP Signal Processing for Broadcast Infrastructures

Date: Wednesday October 3rd, 08:00 BST and 16:00 BST
At IBC, Axon introduced, to much fanfare, “the world’s first Network Attached Processor” and announced two customers to boot. But what is a Network Attached Processor? Why will this solve signal processing needs of IP and hybrid-IP environments?

Peter Schut, CTO of Axon, will explain and answer questions in two sessions, am and pm.

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Video: Control Throughput and Latency for Multicast-based IP Routing Systems

John Mailhot explains throughput and latency in switches and discusses live SDI switching in IP, subscription and control using NMOS 5 and 6. John then takes some time to discuss what ‘good enough’ is for switching time given SDI also has a delay.

Finishing up with network topology and interoperability, this is a great look into some of the details of dealing with 2110.

The SMPTE 2110 family of essence networking protocols is based on multicast flows in the IP network. IGMP (Internet Group Multicast Protocol) is the typical method for endpoints to subscribe to the streams they want, and to leave the streams they no longer require. Concerns have been raised in the industry about the suitability of IGMP for this task, and the applicability of SDN techniques as an alternative means to managing group memberships. Speed of switching signals is a particular concern.

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Video: Tomorrow is Always a Day Away

A fantastic look at the history of all the modern technologies looking at how they were conceived and where we are today. Mark Schubin deftly covers:

  • HD, VR, 3D, AI, HDR, HFR
  • ‘Direct View’ Cinema Screens
  • How HDR, HFR interact
  • The move to IP
  • IMF and a look at the future

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Meeting: BOXfest 2018

Date: Thu, June 28, 2018 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM BST
Location: Century Club, 61-63 Shaftesbury Ave, London, W1D 6LQ

The excellent BOXfest is back for its sixth year! On the theme of ‘Disruption’, this is a one day technology event in Central London. Following on from NAB, BOXfest highlights key technologies and products concentrating on customer case studies, sharing technology roadmaps and market trends. The audience is typically senior, technical management and engineers, with the day designed to allow time for people to network with their peers.

With the escalation of technologies including IP, AI and cloud alongside ever-changing business requirements how do you deliver future-proof solutions and innovation to your organisation?

Several technical authorities from a number of key vendors for product-agnostic presentations will provide insight into these topics:

IP – Where are we with IP?
AI – What is it and how does it affect me?
AI – Real world applications
Cloud – creating flexible infrastructure that works for media
IMF – What, why?
HDR – Real world experiences.

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Webinar: Transition to IP: to Compress or Not to Compress?

Webinar: 20th June 2018 at 08:00 BST and 16:00 BST
Axon continue their IP 101 webinar series by looking at when to use compression like TICO and when not to. CEO Jan Eveleens will dive into the technology and application of compression covering the basic principles of compression, the mechanisms behind it and the reasons for using it.

This webinar will be presented twice on 20th June. Register now
Have a look at the previous webinars:
Transport Formats Demystified
Key Ingredients & Standards
Prepare for IP

Transition to IP: Broadcast 101 Series

Broadcasters are increasingly considering IP as the next step in their workflows and operations, attracted by the potential of greater agility, flexibility and efficiency. As an industry we have finally built a consensus on a common IP standard and are forging ahead with the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards. However, there are more challenges to conquer when moving to an IP broadcast infrastructure.

Meeting: Making SMPTE ST 2110 Installations Work

Meeting: May 15th 2018
Location: Crystal Vision, Lion Technology Park Station Road East, Whittlesford, CB22 4WL See map: Google Maps

The meeting is two minutes walk from Whittlesford railway station with regular train services to London Liverpool Street and Cambridge. Good trains from London Liverpool St are at 17.13 slow and 17.37 fast returning on 20.30 or 21.11 or 21.30 (about an hour)

Crystal Vision’s System Architect Richard Lawrence and Managing Director Philip Scofield will explain how some of the problems of putting together a live media IP installation can be solved, covering subjects such as network security, compatibility between equipment suppliers, firewalls and new methods of monitoring.

With two weeks to go, this event is already half full. Register now

In this talk you will find out about some of the hazards of IP media systems and also suggestions for dealing with them. IP installations give great flexibility and will eventually be lower cost than SDI. We all need to know how to make use of this new technology.

There will also be a discussion of modular products in an IP environment. The rise in computer performance means that these can now be software Apps with both IP and SDI connectivity that are well suited to working with computer networks. This brings some interesting questions about timing. How do video synchronisers fit into a software environment with multiple streams of media? “Real time” does not have a lot of meaning in this world. Time stamping saves the day of course, but it is a new way of seeing things.

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Webinar: IP key ingredients & standards

April 18th, 08:00 and 16:00 BST
In the second in the series, Axon’s Jan Evaleens discusses in detail the relevant standards for video and audio transport and how they relate to each other. He will also touch upon the latest IP developments presented during NAB2018.

Axon, working closely with early adopters of IP production workflows, has experienced first-hand the many challenges of making the transition from SDI and we are keen to share the lessons we have learnt with you. In our Broadcast IP 101 series, our team will be providing useful advice and resources to help you prepare to move to and navigate an IP environment, with vital insight from real-world examples. Over the coming weeks, we will explore topics including: traffic shaping, timing, audio, transport formats and network management.

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Webinar: Prepare for IP

March 21st 2018 – 08:00 GMT & 16:00 GMT
The first in Axon’s new Broadcast 101 Series – “Prepare for IP: Why is the move to IP logical but at the same time so tough?”

Broadcasters are increasingly considering IP as the next step in their workflows and operations, attracted by the potential of greater agility, flexibility and efficiency. As an industry we have finally built a consensus on a common IP standard and are forging ahead with the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards. However, there are more challenges to conquer when moving to an IP broadcast infrastructure.

Axon, working closely with early adopters of IP production workflows, has experienced first-hand the many challenges of making the transition from SDI and are keen to share the lessons they have learnt. In their new Broadcast IP 101 series, using real-world examples, the Axon team will provide advice and resources to help you prepare your move to and navigate an IP environment.

Axon’s CEO, Jan Eveleens, hosts this live webinar on Wednesday 21 March at 09.00 CET and 05.00 CET to discuss “Why is the move to IP is logical but at the same time so tough?” he will explore the fundamental drivers behind the transition from coaxial/SDI technology to IP and the tough changes it brings to almost all fundamentals of broadcasting infrastructures.

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Video:Moving Master Control and Asset Management to the Cloud

Starting with a look at how playout has evolved to what it is today, Wesley Thiesson from Evertz Microsystems explains how Master Control and OTT MAM workflows can be improved by the cloud. He then finishes by a look at how far we can push MAM into the cloud, now and in the future.

Talking to SMPTE’s Philadelphia Section, Mr. Thiessen, Senior Solutions Architect, covers the following:

Part 1: Linear Master Control playout from the cloud. A brief history of the evolution of Master Control that makes moving to the cloud feasible. A review of the effects, requirements, possibilities and planning required to make this a reality, reviewing the use case of a facility running dozens of channels 24/7 from the cloud, with live events, time delay and rebroadcast.

Part 2: Feeding the machine. An overview of master control and OTT media prep (MAM) workflows enhanced and enabled in the cloud. Optimizing workflows to deliver your S3, D4 and other OTT content. In today’s OTT world every platform wants a different touch applied to the encoding, the packaging, and the metadata. Using the work completed for linear to drive packaging and ad insertion, along with metadata standardization and transformation, minimizes the effort to deliver multiple formats to multiple destinations.

Part 3: Full Tilt MAM. Bring MAM to your production suite. An overview of some challenges in production and solutions and tools in Cloud based MAM to ease the load. Enrich your production workflow with smart application of artificial intelligence tools, a look at the future that is already here.

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Mr. Thiessen is a graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Broadcast Electronics program. When he started in live and post production with Umatic for offline, DVE’s that took ½ rack per channel and could heat your home, digital video was transmitted in parallel, archives had paper logs and reels on a shelf and telecines had flying spots.

He worked in archive management with Masstech for ten years, managing LTO (and other) libraries, before moving to product management with an encoding/ transcoding/ streaming video company. Five years ago, he joined Evertz. Wesley managed a Joint Master Control installation that encompassed everything from the Master Clock and IRDs to the ATSC encoder and all the SDI devices and file based workflows in between.

Most recently Wesley has been involved on the Solutions Architect team at Evertz with the first 24/7 multichannel broadcast master control project now playing all of Discovery Networks’ USA content from the Cloud, as well as major installations of Media Asset Management for international and domestic content delivery for broadcast and OTT delivery, streamlining automated delivery of more than 10,000 assets per month in nearly 100 formats and packages.

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